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Microstructures and interface magnetic moments in Mn$$_{2}$$VAl/Fe layered films showing exchange bias

Kubota, Takahide*; Shimada, Yusuke*; Tsuchiya, Tomoki*; Yoshikawa, Tomoki*; Ito, Keita*; Takeda, Yukiharu  ; Saito, Yuji ; Konno, Toyohiko*; Kimura, Akio*; Takanashi, Koki*

Heusler alloys exhibit various magnetic properties. In this study, a layered sample consisting of a Heusler alloy, Mn$$_{2}$$VAl and a ferromagnet, Fe, is selected as a material system exhibiting exchange bias. Although the fully ordered Mn$$_{2}$$VAl is known as a ferrimagnet, the Mn$$_{2}$$VAl/Fe layered structure exhibits exchange bias. The high-angle annular dark field STEM images demonstrated the formation of Mn$$_{2}$$VAl clusters with the L2$$_{1}$$ phase distributed only around the interface to the Fe layer in the sample. Furthermore, the antiferromagnetic coupling between the Mn- and Fe-moments were observed in element specific hysteresis loops measured using XMCD. The locally ordered L2$$_{1}$$ phase and antiferromagnetic Mn-moments in the Mn$$_{2}$$VAl layer are important for the exchange bias.

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